KBS’ Moonshine premiered to strong viewership ratings, taking first place in its time slot across all networks.
According to Nielsen Korea, the first episode of the new historical drama starring Yoo Seung Ho and Hyeri scored an average nationwide rating of 7.5 percent. This is slightly lower than the 12.1 percent The King’s Affection recorded for its finale but higher than the 6.2 percent ratings the drama achieved for its premiere episode.
The first episode briefly introduced three key characters in the play. To start off, Yoo Seung Ho appeared as the highly principled scholar Nam Young who refuses to drink the wine that the king has offered. Hyeri was seen playing a struggling aristocrat named Ro Seo, who starts illegally making alcohol to support her family. Byun Woo Seok starred as the prodigal crown prince Lee Pyo, who has a deep wound in his heart from the loss of his older brother.
The premiere episode of The One and Only garnered average nationwide ratings of 3.390 percent, according to Nielsen Korea. This is a slight rise compared to the 0.6 percent IDOL: The Coup recorded for its premiere.
In the first episode, Pyo In Sook (played by Ahn Eun Jin), Sung Mi Do (Joy), and Kang Se Yeon (Kang Ye Won) had their first meeting at hospice care after being diagnosed with terminal illnesses. The episode ended with a hint that there was more to come between In Sook and murder contractor Min Woo Cheon (Kim Kyung Nam).
Meanwhile, SBS’ Our Beloved Summer, tvN’s Secret Royal Inspector & Joy and Channel A’s Show Window: The Queen’s House each earned an average nationwide viewership rating of 3.7 percent, 3.4 percent and 5.523 percent, respectively.